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Nick warms himself on a steam grate with three other homeless men by the Federal Trade Commission, just blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. A winter storm that swept across the Midwest this week blew through the Northeast on Friday, leaving bone-chilling cold in its wake. It won't be as cold as that in Moultrie, but the low Monday night is expected to reach 19 here.

While temperatures in Moultrie aren’t expected to be anywhere near the deep freeze in the Midwest, meteorologists say it will be quite cold here too. Sunday night’s low of 42 degrees will seem downright balmy compared to Monday night’s 19 and Tuesday night’s 24.

This kind of cold can be dangerous to people and to pets, but it also presents a fire danger as people try to stay warm with inadequate heat sources.

Officials warn:

• Keep the area around space heaters free of anything that might catch fire.

• Electric space heaters should be URL listed, so that they will shut down automatically if they are tipped over. Also, don’t use an extension cord with a heater.

• If you haven’t already done so, test your smoke alarm to make sure it’s working properly.

• Bring pets indoors,

• Check on older friends and relatives to make sure they’re OK.

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